By Cheryl Stanton
As we have been praying through the word, may our repentance raise a cry before the Lord on behalf of our families, generations, church and nations. May our voiceprint be a sweet smelling incense before the throne room of God for it is about the finished work of Christ being formed in us for the glory of God.
As we read through Genesis 17, we see a pattern of the covenant relationship being laid out by God. Genesis 17:1-2 according to the Amplified version “I am the Almighty God; walk and live habitually before Me and be perfect (blameless, wholehearted, complete). And I will make My covenant (solemn pledge) between Me and you and will multiply you exceedingly”. Abram fell on his face and God reiterated the covenant He made with Abram and Abram became Abraham for there was a transfer from God which was added to Abram’s name as significant of the covenant established between them.
Circumcision is mentioned here for the first time Genesis 17:10-14 and it is clear that God has set a covenant in place is to stand for all generations but as with all covenants, there are regulations which hold both parties to what was pledged or agreed to. Circumcision was about the flesh being cut, generations being set apart for the Lord, the lifestyle to become pure. In other words holiness is a requirement of this covenant. Only the males were circumcised because males carry the seed of generations in their loins and circumcision was applicable not only for the blood family but for all males within the group. Refusal of circumcision meant being separated from those who were circumcised and in the eyes of God, it meant the covenant between the person and God was broken.
Abraham was a gentile called to walk in holiness before God and called to being a representative of the covenant with God through which generations and nations could prosper. God was and still is looking for a peculiar people, royal priesthood. It’s not about us, it is about God and His purposes and His glory.
God also changed Sarai’s name to Sarah Genesis 17:15 as part of the same covenant. Abraham fell on his face before God but laughed in his heart. Genesis 17:17 (Amp) God told Abraham his son is to be named Isaac – meaning laughter.
As we read further we understand Ishmael has not been abandoned nor forgotten for in Genesis 17:20 we are given to understand Abraham has been praying for his son, Ishmael, for God responds “And as for Ishmael, I have heard and heeded you” and there is a blessing made with God for Ishmael to become a great nation – so the anointing of the covenant is upon Ishmael set within limits. Isaac would be birthed as the word of God onto the earth to form and manifest the covenant agreement between God and Abraham.
Read through the chapter. The Lord met again with Abraham and Abraham reacted in an amazing manner for he asked that the men would not depart until Abraham had served them in food, rest and refreshments including the washing of their feet. It was as if Abraham knew they would come and how he should serve them – Genesis 18:5b “for that is why you have come to your servant.” (AMP) Abraham understood the covenant and recognized who he was dealing with and how he should serve them. The Lord speaks again of the promise and birth of Isaac and this time it is Sarah who laughed to herself – Genesis 18:12. God told Abraham He would return when Sarah is about to give birth.
Genesis 18:17 It is after Abraham had served and ministered to the Lord and the two men or angels, after the Lord had confirmed the coming event of the birth of Isaac, that the Lord spoke with Abraham who was walking with the ‘men’ towards Sodom. The Lord said in Genesis 18:19 Amp “For I have known (chosen, acknowledged) him [as My own]; so that he may teach and command his children and the sons of his house after him to keep the way of the Lord and to do what is just and righteous, so that the Lord may bring Abraham what He has promised him.”
Genesis 18:20 tells us that sins have a voiceprint, there is a sound which rises from the earth. The Amplified version states “And the Lord said because the shriek of the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is exceedingly grievous …”.
There is a pattern of repentance laid out in Genesis 18:23-33 and Abraham is petitioning for the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah. It was the desire of the Lord to first come to Abraham for He had a covenantal relationship with Abraham and this relationship impacted cities and nations. Abraham understood who he was serving and ministering to and afterwards as the Lord shared what was on His heart, Abraham was given the opportunity to plead the case before the Lord.
To me it sounds like the Lord sought Abraham out in order to give him an opportunity to plead for those who may be found righteous in cities and nations. Remember Genesis 18:17 Abraham is part of the covenant of God on the earth and is bound to a covenant of righteousness and holiness to be formed on the earth.
Father, I come to repent and take responsibility for myself, my generations, the church and the nations – Lord, You set a covenant in place which was to produce blameless holy families and nations walking in covenant with you. Father, we refused your pattern of covenant and instead we defiled ourselves over and over again with the lusts of our own imaginations and minds set on satisfying our own flesh. We refused to circumcise our hearts yet we wanted You to bless us, regardless of our wickedness. Lord we have behaved wickedly against you again and again. We want the blessings of the covenant without actually fulfilling the pattern of the covenant. We are selfish and self absorbed Lord. We did not take into account your desires to bless nations and generations and to protect them in your covenant of holiness.
Lord, we have taken your covenant as our right, believing we are heirs of the covenant with Abraham, no matter our behavior. We think the covenant is all about us when it is actually all about your kingdom. Our wickedness has sold out generations into the hands of deities and demons and I am coming to repent and throw myself before You for mercy and forgiveness Lord. Please wash me, cleanse me, forgive me Lord – I lay my life on your altar God, send your fire and burn on me. Circumcise my heart that I may walk wholehearted and holy before You Lord. Be glorified in my life, my generations and may all future descendents of this family line return to worship you throughout all the nations.
Father, we have given our seed to unrighteousness because of our refusal to be circumcised in our hearts and not teaching the generations to walk before you in a manner pleasing and acceptable to you. This is rebellion against you and see this as the covenant is broken between us, no longer a valid covenant. I repent for every time and place I have broken the covenant with you and it has affected my children, my generations and the nations. Lord, please forgive me, wash me, cleanse me, change me Lord. These people were not mine, I did not create them. They were created for your pleasure, they were created to be in fellowship with you and my sin is firstly against you and then against humanity. I am guilty Lord, have mercy on me. May the Blood of Jesus cleanse and transform us to return to the true covenant and fellowship with the Lord which will result in our true service of ministry to the Lord. From this position Lord, help us to repent and petition for generations, cities and nations. Teach us to pray and intercede by your Holy Spirit that will bring about the harvest of many many souls for your kingdom.
Forgive me Lord, for all the shrieks, cries of suffering and wickedness caused by my generational iniquity against you. I repent for not teaching and raising up generations who know how to walk blamelessly before you. I repent for not understanding the stewardship of the Abrahamic covenant but only wanting the blessing. You called Abraham your friend and servant – I just wanted to be an heir without responsibility. Forgive me Lord for I have behaved wickedly against you and taken you for granted. I do not deserve mercy but I am asking for mercy and forgiveness through the Blood of Christ and His finished work on the Cross of Calvary. I am asking for the Holy Spirit to do a deep work of transformation in me that would bring about service and stewardship unto you Lord – that I may one day have the honor of being known as ‘your friend, your servant’.
Take Communion and praise the Lord Jesus for His mercy and forgiveness and His Blood which washes and cleanses us of unrighteousness. Thank the Lord for bringing us into the covenant of life with Him.